It’s time to invest in a new garbage disposal for your home or kitchen remodel, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that all models are the same. There are huge differences between the low end and high end models. They range from the efficiency of the cutting blades and size of the grinding chamber to the amount of noise they make and the upgrade options available. It is essential that you get the right garbage disposal to work with your home’s plumbing. Jacksonville, FL home improvement stores carry several varieties of garbage disposals.

Here are the five factors you will want to consider before purchasing a new disposal.

Horsepower

There are four standard power sizes for residential garbage disposals: 1/3 horse, 1/2 horse, 3/4 horse and 1 horse power. It is always in your best interest to get the most power that you can in a garbage disposal.

The 1/3 horsepower models are simply inadequate for daily use. They frequently jam due to the lack of torque in the cutting blades and have relatively small grinding chambers. They are the cheapest disposals on the market and perform as such.

A 1/2 horsepower disposal is the minimum recommended size for a home. It can chew through moderate amounts of organic refuse but isn’t really made for the daily grind. These will jam if presented with large amounts of debris or items like chicken bones.

The 3/4 horsepower disposal will work for a majority of households. It is an efficient model that will chop through most kitchen waste without problems.

The 1 horsepower garbage disposal is the top of the line. It will tear through anything you put down it with minimal damage to the stainless steel blades.

Size

The more horsepower a unit has, the larger it will be. A 1/3 or 1/2 horsepower unit will fit under almost any sink without a problem, but this smaller size limits the size of the grind chamber. Smaller grind chambers clog more often, have poor pulverizing, and an overall inadequate performance. Three-quarter and 1 horsepower units take up far more space, but are much better at doing their jobs.

Materials

Lower-priced garbage disposals use lower-quality materials. The blades will dull, chip and rust faster. Damaged blades will not break down food as easily and will lead to more clogging. Look for higher-end units that have stainless steel blades and grinding chambers. Some units will have nylon covered glass components. While these are decent, they will not stand up to accidental silverware drops or other unexpected items in the grind chamber.

Noise

It would seem like the more horsepower that a unit has, the louder it would be. Actually, the exact opposite is true. The 3/4 and 1 horsepower units have sound dampers in them that make them quieter than the lower horsepower units. They also have harder and sharper blades so they cut and grind more effectively than 1/2 and 1/3 horsepower units, meaning food doesn’t spend as long in the grind chamber and therefore, produces less sound.

Components

Higher-end garbage disposals will also come with more components than lower-end units. Most garbage disposals will have a red reset button on the bottom. Also look for a corrosion shield in the grind chamber (stainless steel units do not require this). Another higher-end feature is the anti-splash baffle that keeps ground up materials from flying back up into your sink. And, as mentioned earlier, sound baffles are also a higher end feature that you should look for.

The benefits of going with a high-end garbage disposal are obvious. A 3/4 or 1 horsepower garbage disposal will last longer, clog far less frequently and run quieter than a cheaper model. A cheaper model is going to cause far more problems and calls to your local plumbing team in Jacksonville, FL, and ultimately end up costing you more. Spend the extra cash up front and get a unit you can count on to deliver exceptional performance for years to come.